Sead Riege

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Sead Riege
Prime Minister of Preisland
In office
3 January 2011 – 9 July 2013
PresidentDirk Calvus
Preceded bySjaak de Visser
Succeeded bySjors Fortuin
Minister of Security
In office
12 October 2007 – 5 December 2010
PresidentDirk Calvus
Preceded byQuinten Winkels
Succeeded byRoelof Paalman
Personal details
Born (1962-12-20) 20 December 1962 (age 61)
Les-Bains-sur-Mer, Saint James, Preisland
Political party National Liberal (until 2013)
Military service
Allegiance Front for Democracy and Liberation
 Preisland
Service/branch Preisland Army
Years of service 1991–1999
2000–2005
Rank Colonel general
Battles/wars Preisland Civil War
Kabuan insurgency
Villeneuve uprising
Battle of Roodwater
Siege of De Punt

Sead Jakub Riege (born 20 December 1962) is a Preislander politician and former guerilla leader and fighter who led Front for Democracy and Liberation (FDB) forces during the Preisland Civil War. He has been in self-imposed exile in !Xcountry since his being charged of drug trafficking and corruption charges in 2013.

Riege was born to a middle-class family of mixed origins; his paternal grandfather was an immigrant from !Germany, whereas his maternal grandparents were of !Bosniak origins. He grew up as a native Miscatiean speaker in Saint James, one of the Kabuan islands, and studied business economics at !university in Merala. Abraham Aschenborn's rise to power saw the Rieges' mercantile business seized by the state, leading him to join the political opposition.

After members of his family were killed in the opening days of the Kabuan genocide, Riege joined the Front for Democracy and Liberation insurgent group in 1991. Riege gradually moved up the ranks from a foot soldier to a unit commander and led various FDB forces in battles across Kabua in the 1990s. He also developed connections with narcotraffickers to secure funding for the FDB and gained a reputation for brutality and impunity in dealing with government forces as well as neutral civilians.

At the end of the Preisland Civil War in 1999, Riege controversially avoided war crimes charges and refused to participate in the postwar truth commission. Instead, he became a senior officer in the country's recreated army. He served as minister of security between 2007 and 2010, leading efforts to find and prosecute genocidaires and repress a resurgence of Aschenborn loyalists. Riege stepped down from the position to lead the National Liberal Party in the 2010 elections, which saw the party retain its majority in parliament and his elevation to the position of prime minister.

In 2013, Riege and other members of his cabinet resigned after the national prosecutor charged him and others with embezzlement, corruption, and involvement in narcotrafficking. The charges alleged that Riege and his allies had used their political offices to steal public money and enrich themselves while taking bribes from criminal trafficking organizations. Before he could be arrested, Riege boarded a flight first to !Xcountry, and then to !Xcountry, the latter of which being where he remains in self-exile.